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Over 30,000 African migrants protest in Tel Aviv: Police

Published on Jan 5, 2014 10:11 PM

TEL AVIV (AFP) - More than 30,000 African asylum seekers who entered Israel illegally protested in Tel Aviv on Sunday, according to police, in the biggest ever rally by migrants in the Jewish state.

"More than 30,000 demonstrators marched peacefully in Tel Aviv," police spokesman Lubra Samri told AFP.

Gathered in the central Rabin Square, the protesters sharply criticised Israel's refusal to give them refugee status and the detention without trial of hundreds of asylum seekers.

"We are all refugees" and "Yes to freedom, no to prison!" they chanted in English, with Israeli rights activists also joining the march.

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